As May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley, has highlighted the widespread violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people.
In marking the event, the local MP has sent a message of solidarity to all those who either have or are currently experiencing persecution based purely upon their sexual orientation or gender.
IDAHOT brings together all discriminated people of the LGBTI+ community collectively, highlighting the deeply concerning and ongoing discrimination faced by those who don’t conform to the majority of sexual and gender norms.
Commenting, Angela said
“IDAHOT remains a huge celebration within the LGBTI+ community.
“Marked in over 130 countries worldwide, it brings together millions of people, united in support and recognition of their human rights, regardless of sexual orientation or gender.
“May 17th is also a significant date – given that May 17th 1990 was the day the World Health Organisation first declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Which despite only being 26 years ago, seems utterly archaic.
“But it also highlights a wider point. It shows how quickly and successfully the LGBT+ community have changed peoples attitude, and IDAHOT day has played a part in that campaign.
“In Scotland we have made great progress in the recognition of LGBTI+ rights, including the recognition of same-sex marriage.
“Moreover, we have made clear that progress in LGBTI+ rights are tied to three key principles: tolerance, respect and inclusion. We want to empower people – especially young people – to feel comfortable and welcomed into a modern and inclusive Scotland as they make informed choices surrounding their gender and sexual identity.
“But despite the progress made in the struggle for LGBTI+ equality, I know more must be done. The support for IDAHOT day and their continued highlighting of the persecution LGBTI+ people face on a daily basis is one way to eradicate this mass inequality.